PWR core phenomena can be simulated and predicted more precisely and in more details with high-fidelity neutronics and thermal-hydraulics coupling calculations. An internal coupling between a newly developed high-fidelity neutronics code NECP-X and the sub-channel code SUBSC has been realized. In order to verify the NECP-X/SUBSC coupling system, another high-fidelity neutronics and thermal-hydraulics coupling system OpenMC/SUBSC was developed through external coupling method. Both coupling systems were applied to a simplified PWR 3×3 pin cluster case. The numerical result shows good agreement in both eigenvalue and normalized axial power distribution for a selected pin, demonstrating the success of the internal coupling of NECP-X and SUBSC.

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